Dignan wrote: blue5385 wrote:
Dignan wrote:I had two scores 13 points apart, and I got in with the first wave of RD acceptances. If you take the time to peruse individual profiles on LSN, I think you'll find strong evidence that CLS does not put much weight (if any) on the average score.
13 points?! dayum...what made the difference?
Luck, mostly. My June 2009 score (163) was ten points below my PT average and two points below my first ever PT. I wasn't sick; I wasn't plagued by annoying LSAT proctors; and I wasn't especially nervous. I just had a bad day. If I took the LSAT 50 times, I'd probably score 163 once.
Before the September 2009 test, I did no preparation besides taking four practice tests, one each weekend, in the four weeks leading up to the test. Other than the four PTs, I did not study and I did not think about the LSAT at all. I made a conscious effort to stay out of TLS from July through September. I averaged 176 on my four PTs, and that's what I ended up scoring on test day.
There's definitely something to be said for less prep. I took a class in preparation for my first go-around last June, studied excessively, psyched myself out, etc., and consequently scored way below my PT average. I couldn't make myself go through all that stuff again in preparation for Sept., so I relaxed and did way less prep (but still one PT a day for a month).